Psalm 145:8-14, 18, 19 (NRSV)
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
to make known to all people yourmighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down…
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.
When I read these verses, I think about times when you do something you are not proud of, like when you could step in to do something to help when someone isn’t being treated right, but you don’t end up doing it. Afterward it feels like the description in the Psalm, where you feel like you are falling and bowed down. If the Lord is slow to anger but has lots of love, then it shows that no matter what, God’s light is always shining on you. And how even if the light in your soul is dimming, God’s light is always there to rekindle your light. These words help me live my life, because it makes me feel like there is always someone there for me no matter what, even during my worst times, like a really bad day of school stress or a sad situation.
This is what it means when it says that God is faithful and good, that God has faith that you will be good and do the right thing, and that God has faith that when you don’t, you will learn from it and try to do better. God has faith in all of us which helps us to have faith in ourselves and be faithful to God.
Dear God, help us to see ourselves the way you do. Be near to us in the hardest times and uphold us when we aren’t standing up right. Hear our cry, especially when we are afraid. In Jesus name, Amen.
Tommy and Anabel Sharp